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2014 Garden Workshop Series offered

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Woodlawn Museum, Gardens and Park , in collaboration with

The University of Maine Cooperative Extension Master Gardener Volunteer Program,

presents the following workshops




Lasagna Gardens – Saturday, May 31, 2-3 pm

Master Gardener Volunteer, Martha Goss, will show you how to build a garden bed on top of the ground.  By using layers of newspaper and cardboard, you can smother grass and weeds.  There is no need to dig a garden once you learn the best ways to layer compostable materials for a raised bed.  Set your plants in the lasagna garden this spring or let it “cook”.

Composting with Worms (Vermiculture), Saturday, June 14, 11 am – noon

Lavon Bartel and David Struck, Master Gardener Volunteers, will be pleased to share their experience with creating compost using red worms.   Worms turn food waste and bedding into high-quality soil amendments that can be used in house plants, with vegetable seedlings and in flowers.  You will see two successful worm bins constructed using low cost materials.  The worms live in the bins indoors year round and eat a portion of kitchen waste and newspaper bedding.  Typically you can harvest your first worm castings in about 6 months.  A limited number of small bags of starter worms will be given to those wishing to begin the practice of vermiculture.

Square Foot Gardening – Saturday, June 28, 10:30 – 11:30 pm

Want to decrease the time, cost, and effort you put into your garden while increasing the yield?  It may sound too good to be true, but Tom McIntyre will show you the “magic” in the techniques of square foot gardening.    With succession planting, seeds, and starts are set throughout the summer to use space wisely and to extend harvesting until frost in the fall.  Then, Jan McIntyre will offer tips on growing herbs.   Learn ways to assure a fine harvest and conserve resources with these Master Gardener Volunteers.

Creating a Rain Garden – Saturday, August 23, 1-2 pm

Learn about the beauty and benefits of rain gardens with Master Gardener Volunteer, Megan Goff.  Discover ways this low maintenance feature can add to your landscape and support native plants.

A Moveable Feast of Insectary Plants – Saturday, September 13, 11 am – noon

Reeser Manley, gardener, teacher and author, along with Marjorie Peronto, extension educator at UMaine Cooperative Extension will conduct a special session for gardeners.  They will present an array of annuals, biennials and herbaceous perennials that attract pollinators and other beneficial insects.  Grown in containers, these plants can be moved around the garden where needed.  This concept of an insectary will increase insect biodiversity for gardens in tune with nature.


WHERE:  Woodlawn, 19 Black House Drive (off Route 172), Ellsworth, ME

COST:  The series is free, however your donation to help Woodlawn develop more programs is greatly appreciated.

RAIN:  In case of heaving rain, call 667-8671 after 9:30 am the morning of the workshop about cancellation.

RESERVATIONS:  Although reservations are not required, they are appreciated.  Please contact Woodlawn at 667-8671 or email